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Where to ask questions related to Real-Time-Systems/Embedded Systems?

I found no tags specific to Real-Time/Embedded system. Neither any question posted. I've few queries specific to real-time scheduling. Which stack-exchange should I use?
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Has this question been closed for the wrong reasons?

A question¹ that has been around for some time was recently closed as duplicate² by moderator overrule. I don't agree with this closure for three reasons: It's not a duplicate of the question ...
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What is the difference between this site and Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

When I was a student not too long ago I posted all of my questions on SO, so Im just wondering how this site is suppose to be different? What should I post here instead of on SO? It seems like this ...
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Is there etiquette for posting frequency?

Is there an upper limit to how often users may ask a question? I am doing masters level research so my questions are not "homework dumps" or anything that I haven't already searched for extensively, ...
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congratulations on huge milestone: cs.se now has more questions than tcs.se

fyi. the two sites are neck-and-neck but as of now an inflection point has been reached and cs.se is pulling out in front in total # of questions. cs.se as of this second has 5412 questions; tcs.se ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computer Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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What do you think of the Stack Exchange main meta site?

This question is intended to collect opinions from people who frequent multiple Stack Exchange sites, including Computer Science, and who are not regulars of Stack Overflow. Each Stack Exchange site ...
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A guide to moderating Computer Science Stack Exchange yourself — editing

Editing posts is a basic feature of Stack Exchange: everybody can edit everything (edits may be audited if you have low reputation). Since our site lives and dies with the amount and ratio of useful, ...
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Deleted "Valid" Answer

While doing review work I came across this question, which has attached to it an answer deleted by "Community" (and as it's deleted by a mod, I can't vote to undelete). It's not clear to me why it ...
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"Your question is a very basic one"

Recently a question was closed because it was "a very basic one", "lacking own work". It was asking how a problem could be undecidable while it had a nice characterization. I thought this was a ...
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Advertising Computer Science Stack Exchange on other SE sites

Graduated Stack Exchange sites display ads chosen by the community in the right-side bar. “Graduated” means sites that have been around for long enough to no longer be in beta, other than the original ...
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Why did this "check my result question" not get close votes?

For the question Maximum Virtual Address Space it currently has 65 views and no close votes. I was expecting one or more close votes of the kind, "Here is my problem, here is my reasoning, here is ...
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If I ask a question asking for test cases would that get closed?

I am implementing the Shunting Yard algorithm and would like to ask for some test cases. Basically I would like those that have implemented the algorithm to share the cases that made them have to ...
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How to ask P vs NP questions without getting closed?

I believe I found a solution to the problem of P vs NP. There is a big chance that my proof attempt is not valid. I want to get help finding my mistake or telling me that there is no one. (We must ...
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Candidate Questions for Migration to CS.SE

Do you think the following question would be a suitable question on CS.SE? Do you think it should be migrated to here?
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Should we have a custom close reason for homework assignment dumps?

Since the beginning of the north hemisphere term, we've seen a sharp increase in questions that consist solely of a dump of a homework assignment, where there is no question, only “solve this”. Our ...
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Close votes that don't apply to the question

This question has, at the time of writing, three close votes. None of them seems appropriate. Off-topic: does not appear to be about computer science... It's a question about decidability of ...
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Closing questions because of the attitude of the asker

Here, we have a vote to close on the grounds that asker is rude to people trying to help him. My instinctive reaction is that this is not a reason to close the question. Part of the purpose of ...
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Would this question if migrated to CS get closed as too general?

When is the language said to be context free? I saw this question and knew that it could get better answers here at CS, but didn't flag it for migration as it had a few answers but more importantly ...
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What is the exact difference between CS and theoretical CS SE sites?

What is the exact difference between Computer Science and theoretical Computer Science StackExchange sites? Does Computer Science really mean Applied Computert Science?
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Let's eliminate [tag:check-my-proof]

The tag check-my-proof has the following description in its tag wiki: Questions which also contain a proof or a solution that needs to be checked for correctness and completeness. There are ...
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Should moderators publicly point out when a user is blocked from asking questions on Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow users are automatically blocked from asking questions when they have had too many downvoted or deleted questions. (The details of the formula are secret.) When another site attempts to ...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computer Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Should we do anything about questions that are just a scan of a problem in their textbook?

I have seen an increasing number of questions where the author takes a scan/screenshot of part of their textbook and includes this image in their question. Typically, the image contains some exercise ...
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Q&A asking for better A

I asked a question and provide an answer, also I asked for solution better than my own. Then my question been edited and my request for better solution than my own been removed. Was that a good edit, ...
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When will CS.SE graduate?

The site has been up for almost more than 2 years. All statistics seems to be reasonably good. The flow of good questions and answers seems to be steady. The need for the site is also clear. ...
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Should we downvote solution request?

This question is motivated by this comment. Recently I see more an more questions which explicitly asks for solution to given class problems. This happens mostly before exams period. It looks like ...
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How should one react when the meaning of a question is changed?

In this question here it was asked if there are better algorithms for TSP than the naive brute force method. It received three answers, that all answer the question. After some hours, the OP changed ...
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Re-ask question on different StackExchange site

I would like to re-ask a particular unanswered question on math.stackexchange. Is it OK to do so? Or should I ask for migration? The meta discussions here and here seem to recommend "normally no, ...
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Online design/rendering of graphs and illustrations in your posts?

How do you design and manage graphs and illustrations in your posts, that cannot be done by mathjax? For example, for graphs, I have begun using Erdos (demo), an interface to Google Charts API for ...
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How to prepare long posts with mathjax?

How do you guys prepare long posts for SE; particularly for those that support mathjax?
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Can we tag questions about λ-calculus better?

There are some groups of question on the site which are not tagged well, especially outside of "core" TCS (which we have covered pretty well, I think). One of these are questions about lambda-...
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What is a reference question?

What is a reference-question? These are my concerns to tag one question as a reference: Question is about fundamental problem, e.g How does computer program works? Question contains information that ...
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Should we ban LMGTFY comments?

On Stack Overflow, comments like "let me google that for you" are banned. What is the policy on CS? Before that I was thinking to close them all, but right now, I think the policy on SO is better. As ...
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handling 'open questions' in CS.stackexchange

A lot of questions here have been answered, but not many of them have been accepted by the asker, i realized this is more common among the new users. Has anybody thought about addressing this ...
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What kinds of computer engineering do we consider computer science enough to be on topic here?

We've had several discussions about where to draw the line between mathematics and computer science, but I think we have put less thought into where to draw the line between computer engineering and ...
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What kinds of mathematics do we consider computer science enough to be ontopic here?

I'll say upfront: I don't think we can and should find an answer to the question in the title. But we have to discuss it to see that we can't. In the comments of this recent question, we have an ...
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Spams between UTC 04:00 and UTC 06:00

I live in Taiwan. My time zone is UTC+8. I notice that the time interval between UTC 04:00 and UTC 06:00 is the most vulnerable time (being attacked by spams) of our site. I have seen the questions ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computer Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Ways to grow the site by helping good (new/undergrad) students

Before that for me was annoying to see someone without any effort wants to get an answer for his homework from community. But right know I see most of answers are by few users which are either ...
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Whats on-topic on CS.SE?

I was trying to see which site was most suitable to my question between TCS, CS and CompSci when I glanced at the on-topic list. Surprisingly, the list appears to be a little empty. Any chance it ...
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Do we want/need a "SE vs CS" reference question?

I have just case the final vote to close https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/13627/is-computer-science-or-software-engineering-more-suited-to-me?noredirect=1 I think it's not the first question ...
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Do we want CSTheory.SE to migrate bad questions over here?

Do we want the CSTheory.SE moderators to migrate low-quality questions over here? More specifically, when someone posts a question on CSTheory.SE that is not a research-level about theoretical ...
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Why was my answer converted to a comment?

My answer to https://cs.stackexchange.com/q/13495/755 was converted to a comment. Why? I believe my answer was an acceptable answer. The question was "How do you show..." and my answer described ...
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Should "Reachability queries on a tree in O(1) time with O(n+m) time preprocessing" be revived?

I was in the process of typing an answer to the following question: Reachability queries on a tree in O(1) time with O(n+m) time preprocessing, when it was deleted by the author. The question looked ...
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Why are there tags for programming languages?

One of the defining factors about this SE is that it's NOT about programming. I recently edited a question which, I was surprised to see, the user had tagged as "C++", and had asked for an ...
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"A question on the very essence of “theoretical computer science”"

fyi this question "A question on the very essence of “theoretical computer science”" is asked in a really flippant and near sarcastic way, no question, but it inspired some decent/high-voted responses ...
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New close reasons: unclear, too broad, opinion-based, and custom sub-reasons off-topic

There will be changes in close reasons in the next few days: “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by “unclear what you're asking” “too broad” “primarily opinion-based” “off-...
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Is CS.SE an appropriate place to ask for for references to toolkits/programs relating to CS?

I've had a question closed on SO for this, but I was wondering, is it an acceptable to ask for suggestions of toolkits or libraries if they have to do with computer science? i.e. They're software ...
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Is there ever any point in adding "EDIT:" to a question or answer?

I was skimming through new questions, such as this one. I suggested an edit I couldn't make myself. The OP made the change, but added it in as "EDIT: Thing X means blah". Is there ever really any ...

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